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U.N. urges global COVID vaccine plan; warns of dangerous inequity

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By Philippe Rater and Shaun Tandon

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China and Russia are taking advantage of vax inequality by promoting own products. Hungary is the first EU state to receive China's shinopharm vaccines.

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Absolutely agree! The world needs to focus on ensuring supplies of the vaccine reach everyone - not just the rich nations. This is another reason the Olympics could be cancelled. There are more important things to focus on.

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Russia has already graciously exported Sputnik V to 26 countries.

The Russian vaccine has been proven over 90% effective by a study in the UK Lancet journal, it's half the price of the Pfizer vaccine, can be stored at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius and has no reported serious side effects after millions of doses delivered.

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The Russian vaccine has been proven over 90% effective by a study in the UK Lancet journal, it's half the price of the Pfizer vaccine, can be stored at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius and has no reported serious side effects after millions of doses delivered.

But, Putin.

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while i agree that poor/developing countries need help in procuring the vaccine...but not right now. the amount of suffering due to job loss, education loss, and the loss of physical contact is extracting a heavy toll on wealthy/developed countries. these poorer countries aren't dealing with these same issues; therefore, they can wait a bit longer for vaccines.

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Probably would be helpful if Canada's Trudeau didn't take a bunch of vaccines from Covax. Canada has slipped into third world status and had to get vaccines from the UN.

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Burning BushToday 08:03 am JST

Russia has already graciously exported Sputnik V to 26 countries.

The Russian vaccine has been proven over 90% effective by a study in the UK Lancet journal, it's half the price of the Pfizer vaccine, can be stored at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius and has no reported serious side effects after millions of doses delivered.

Just as with the original Sputnik satellite in 1957, the Russians have once again beaten the Anglo-Americans to the punch and there is much wailing and gnashing of teeth in London and D.C.!

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The main problem is that the high functioning rich countries give billions of dollars in aid to low functioning poor countries...and because their governments or dictators squander the money and keep it for themselves, families and crony friends. It will never end.

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Lets get this straight. 1st world countries developed the vaccine, and now they're supposed to wait in line behind failed states who have more important things to take care of like war, corruption, and human rights abuses?

Do I have that right?

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Absolutely agree! The world needs to focus on ensuring supplies of the vaccine reach everyone - not just the rich nations. This is another reason the Olympics could be cancelled. There are more important things to focus on.

Cant agree more.

Olympics will not happen this year in Tokyo.Yes in this country some important decision takes ages but gov must realize that tokyo olympics in 2021 are unreal.

Allow russian and chinese vaccines for use in Japan too!

Put your own rusophobia and sinophobia and strange kind of "national pride" away!

Its about time folks!

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No matter what, under whatever circumstances, inequity will always be around.

No matter how hard people want to eradicate it, inequity will always remain everywhere in this impossible world..

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My statement was right on and so is Bob's.

@Bob: I guess all the guests here from third world countries disagree on our opinions and that is ok. But I am certainly not going to give them any sort of donations/charity until they fix their very very poor governments that put them in poverty.

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the high functioning rich countries

Do you know what the adjective ‘high functioning’ means?

Hint: It’s not positive.

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